Nathan Hawkins, MA, CCTP, CH.t, LPC, Approved Clinical Supervisor
I grew up in the Southern Oregon town of Medford. My dad a truck driver for the county and my mom a homemaker, I still feel a connection to what appeared to be simple life as I grew up. Looking back I can see my mom and dad struggling to pay the bills sometimes, with my mom babysitting as much as she could, and my dad taking overtime when he could simply because they both wanted the best for my younger brother and I. I look up to my parents now as I see that life back then was not simple, as it never is; and I admire them for their success. My mom now has her master’s degree in teaching and my dad is staring down retirement. My brother is married and in the Air Force with his wife and 3 children.
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I have always been one of those folks who is analytical and concerned for how my friends were “really” doing as I grew up and that seed has obviously grown to my vocational life. I truly have felt a “call” into this profession. Before a directional shift to counseling did occur I was working as a college pastor and children’s education director during which I learned that my passion to help people was real and significant. It was at this point that I encountered the reality that unless I worked more formally with the natural gifts that God had given me I might not ever experience what I believed to be the deeper part of people. I found myself still analytical and wondering about the “why’s” of people’s behavior and wondering too that if I did know the “why” what would I do about it? I became enthralled with immersing myself in understanding the cavernous aspects of us and then understanding how I could help. I am passionate about helping people.
My view of counseling considers the client(s) innate tendency to desire to thrive and live life well. Therefore I focus on helping the client(s) realize their strengths as they process the context/content of life that they are struggling with. I believe that change occurs within the context of the therapeutic relationship through increased awareness and acceptance of cognitive, emotional and spiritual conflicts and realities. I see myself as a mirror that reflects the beliefs and attitudes of the client(s) appropriately for the client(s) to see and take in. The therapist client(s) relationship is key to healing. I seek to encourage the client. I view the client(s) as equal to myself and consider it an honor to be with them in the midst of their stress. Furthermore, because of the professional nature of therapeutic relationships if I were to see a client(s) outside of therapy, such as at a mall or grocery store, I would not initiate conversation nor would I expect the client to do so. This is only out of respect for the ethical bond of confidentiality that exists professionally for the clients’ safety.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon. I hold a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Biblical Theology and Education (Multnomah Bible College) and a Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Marriage and Family Therapy (George Fox University). Major areas of course work include in-depth study of all books of the Bible including both biblical and systematic theologies as well as educational theories and practices and other various philosophies. Other Major areas of course work include psychological theory, mood and anxiety disorders, developmental psychology, grief, divorce recovery, depression, parenting, play therapy, sex therapy, group therapy, individual psychology, relational psychology, family psychology, and psychopharmacology.
I am passionate to help folk encounter their perceived beliefs by the way they use their beliefs in everyday life simply to live. I believe that the vulnerability people experience at the core of who they are is truly a matter of spiritual, emotional, physical and perceptual integration. There truly is a designed wholeness to who we are!
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Spiritual Integration in the counseling process can be very important to some and not at all important to others! I come from a Christian perspective with a history as a pastor and a degree in Biblical Theology. If it is your desire to integrate this into the process it would be a joy for me to do so! If not then that is of course fine as well!
I have focused my education down the avenues of helping people with Trauma and anxiety related disorders. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Nightmares, unexplained situational nervousness, flash backs are symptoms I regularly work with!
Hypnosis is very helpful modality for some of you with the possibility of quick change. I will use it if we agree it is a good option. There is a lot of “bad press” and misinformation out there about hypnosis. I want you to know that it is an option but I want you to understand it fully first!
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. This powerful intervention is part of the standard of treatment for Post Traumatic stress disorder with our veterans. It can also be used to treat other issues of anxiety to however! There are not a lot of clinicians trained in this and I believe we all should be! more info can be found at: emdr.com